ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH
2019, Kino Lorber, 87 min, Canada, Dir: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet, this years-in-the-making documentary follows an international body of scientists who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene epoch gave way to the Anthropocene epoch in the mid-20th century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state-of-the-art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination.


TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL
2016, Janus Films, 87 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Erin Blackwell, aka Tiny, was introduced in filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall's earlier film STREETWISE as a brash 14-year-old living precariously on the margins in Seattle. Now a 44-year-old mother of 10, Blackwell reflects with Mark on the journey they’ve experienced together, from Blackwell’s struggles with addiction to her regrets to her dreams for her own children - even as she sees them being pulled down the same path of drugs and desperation. Interweaving three decades’ worth of Mark’s photographs and footage that includes previously unseen outtakes from STREETWISE, this is a heartrending, deeply empathetic portrait of a family struggling to break free of the cycle of trauma, as well as a summation of the life's work of Mark, an irreplaceable artistic voice.


STREETWISE
1984, Janus Films, 91 min, USA, Dir: Martin Bell

Seattle, 1983. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins. Born from a Life magazine exposé by Mark and McCall, STREETWISE follows an unforgettable group of at-risk children - including iron-willed 14-year-old Tiny, who would become the project’s most haunting and enduring face, along with the pugnacious yet resourceful Rat and the affable drifter DeWayne - who, driven from their broken homes, survive by hustling, panhandling and dumpster diving.


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